Eight police cars and an ambulance were drafted to Simmondley as part of a repossession order which saw bailiffs batter down a teacher’s front door.
The drama unfolded on Friday as Home Office-appointed enforcement agents arrived to evict Rekha Patel from her 297-year-old home.
The action – over an unpaid £70,000 legal bill – lasted for more than four hours as protesters tried to prevent the house from being seized.
During that time, around 20 family and friends of the 43-year-old Glossopdale Community College maths teacher were behind locked doors in Hanover Cottage.
Enforcement officers arrived at 10am, but there was a stand-off as legal advisors acting for Miss Patel argued points of law.
They continually claimed that the court order was invalid and could not be served as it was a photo-copy and did not have a seal of authorisation.
Sounds rather Crawfordesque doesn't it?
The eviction was the culmination of a civil court case involving stones in a neighbouring wall which it was alleged had been ‘cut off’ during work to Miss Patel’s roof.
Miss Patel said she lost the trial and went to an appeal court in London, who refused to give permission to appeal.
She was then told to go back to the original court in Manchester, but was told ‘they could do nothing as the original judge was dead’.
Miss Patel said: “I am refusing to pay the £70,000 from the trial as I have done nothing wrong and now they want to take my home.”
Does anyone have any more detail on this case?